[ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED MARCH 21, 2017, 8:00 AM]
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz confirms that UFC President Dana Whites said the two fought in a private plane.
However, the details of this fight are somewhat different from those recounted by White. MMAJunkie reported on Tuesday that Ortiz’s side of the story is significantly less aggressive and sensational. “The Huntington Beach Bady Boy” recalls the altercation with White:
“Yes, from him (saying) stop stop Tito !!!!” “I was roughing it up. But it was fun. “
White commented on this recent appearance on TBS’s “Conan,” where he asserted himself and Ortiz boarded Fertitta’s still-ascending plane:
“We were on a private plane en route to Japan, and it was my partners, the Fertitta brothers, myself, Tito Ortiz and our matchmaker at the time, Joe Silva,” White told host Conan. O’Brien. “Tito and I were messing around, and he put me in what’s called a crank.
“I was tapping and he didn’t stop. You can seriously injure someone with a crank, especially as big and strong as Tito. So I just started blowing his ribs – I started punching him in the ribs – and when he let go, (I) just jumped, and it was just a full brawl on the plane. We were literally taking off, and the plane was going (back and forth), and the Fertitta brothers had to jump up and end the fight.
The relationship between the two has been known to be tumultuous at best in the past. Despite this, Ortiz recently said that White was among the first to congratulate Ortiz on his victory over Chael Sonnen at the Bellator 170 in January, and made his own comments (via ESPN) where he said:
“I like the guy [White] man. He was my first manager. I always just fought for what I wanted in my career. No strong emotions. I have grown a lot over the past four years.